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Jacque Bland

Manager — Corporate Communications,
Chesapeake Energy
Wheeling, 34

This wanderer's soul was soothed by returning home.

But that's not to say Chesapeake Energy's manager-corporate communications, Jacque Bland, stopped wandering.

"Every day takes me to different places," Bland said. "I could end up in a week going from Charleston to Beaver County in Pennsylvania, which is exactly what I'm doing next Tuesday."

Bland's career is rooted in news. The New Martinsville native graduated from West Virginia University with a journalism degree in 2001, and she's currently studying for an MBA with a concentration in energy management from Waynesburg University.

She spent time working for newspapers in Syracuse, Wheeling, Clarksburg and Charleston, leaving for Washington, D.C., in 2008. But she couldn't ignore the call to come home three years later.

"I was just so happy to be home after my time in D.C., which was really great for teaching me a lot about both me and the real world," she said.

Bland's office is in Canonsburg, Pa. She divides her time between a home in Parkersburg with Rob Cornelius and their six cats and her family home in Wheeling.

"I do a lot of work in Wheeling," she said. "I'm on the United Way board of directors and YWCA board of directors."

And after the sudden death of her mother, Pat, this year, Bland and her family started a scholarship in her honor.

"Mom was a teacher for 37 years, so I wanted to honor her legacy by making sure if there was a student who wanted to go to college to be a teacher that I could help them," she said.

Bland said her career in news taught her how to quickly shift gears on a project and how to stay calm under pressure — things that come into play now.

"Primarily I do media relations. I handle questions from the press that come in, but I do some community relations and some corporate giving," she said. "I wear many hats, and it's very good that I wear so many hats in case somebody has to be shifted off somewhere else I can usually glide right in pretty quickly."

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